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Practicing for Armageddon

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Posted on November 24, 2021 at 14:24:29
emailtim
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Practicing for Armageddon

SpaceX sends NASA craft on collision course with asteroid to test concept of protecting Earth in case of future threat

Taking aim at a distant asteroid, SpaceX fired a small NASA probe into space early Wednesday, setting up a head-on 15,000 mph impact next September to test the feasibility of nudging a threatening body off course long before it could crash into Earth.

The $330 million Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, the first test flight in a NASA planetary defense initiative, "will be historic," said Tom Statler, mission program scientist at NASA Headquarters. "For the first time, humanity will change the motion of a natural celestial body in space."

Perched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the DART mission blasted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base northwest of Los Angeles at 10:21 p.m. PST Tuesday (1:21 a.m. EST Wednesday), lighting up the deep overnight sky as the booster climbed away atop 1.7 million pounds of thrust.


 

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RE: Practicing for Armageddon, posted on November 24, 2021 at 14:38:31
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I hope they don't end up changing the motion of a natural celestial body in space and cause it to hit the earth.

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RE: Practicing for Armageddon, posted on November 24, 2021 at 14:43:32
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Impact is supposedly Sept. 22, so it will be a while before we know if their carrom shot fails badly.

 

RE: Practicing for Armageddon, posted on November 24, 2021 at 14:49:56
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That was exactly my thought! It was off-course, but they hit it, and caused it to veer towards earth...

 

Playing billiards in the asteroid belt. nt, posted on November 24, 2021 at 15:24:15
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RE: Practicing for Armageddon, posted on November 24, 2021 at 15:42:06
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Wouldn't THAT be the end all of a terrific mission?

Maybe we'd get lucky and it took out......Washington......or maybe Zagreb........


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What could possibly go wrong??, posted on November 24, 2021 at 16:32:19
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n/t

 

RE: What could possibly go wrong??, posted on November 24, 2021 at 16:35:58
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This one will definitely require 3 cloth masks.

 

RE: What could possibly go wrong??, posted on November 24, 2021 at 17:10:33
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Have faith in the science




 

Gosh ! What'll they do if the asteroid shoots back ?, posted on November 24, 2021 at 17:19:58
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What if there's a Chinese or Russian astrounaut inside at the steering wheel ?

 

We've got waaay better things to spend that money on. nt, posted on November 24, 2021 at 17:44:46
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Hey!, posted on November 24, 2021 at 17:47:04
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If America can really save the whole world, that's gotta be worth a fair few brownie points right ;-)
Good investment I reckon!



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RE: Practicing for Armageddon, posted on November 25, 2021 at 06:13:54
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would have thought they would land rocket on, auger into rock and fire thruster to alter course.

or land on, tether to asteroid, shoot rocket back up into "orbit" and use counterweight with thruster.

we're doomed

 

yes, being hopeful for a bullseye hit from this distance , posted on November 25, 2021 at 06:32:11
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are lousy odds. Maybe this asteroid is practice for them to learn from any errors or mistakes.

Land on the rock and then fire the boosters



 

Like how the BLH space rock is sorta.., posted on November 25, 2021 at 12:22:51
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skull shaped!

Like something from a bad, B&W 1950's sci fi budget popcorn movie.

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Chinese or Russian?... worse case scenario is..., posted on November 25, 2021 at 12:29:01
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